The Golden Hill Paugussett tribe, which has long sought federal recognition and hope of opening a casino in Bridgeport, has suffered another setback in its bid for federal recognition.
Westport is among a number of southwest Connecticut communities that have opposed establishment of a casino in Bridgeport.
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton upheld the rejection of the tribe’s bid for federal recognition in a letter dated March 18 and released Wednesday
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has twice rejected recognition bids from the tribe. The tribe appealed the second rejection in September. A month later, an appeals board referred the matter to Norton.
In the letter, Norton told the tribe that none of the issues raised in its appeal warranted further consideration. That means the BIA’s June decision will stand.
Bernard Wishnia, a lawyer for the tribe, said that the Paugussetts are considering their options, including taking the BIA to court.